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Flatten the curve, a term many of us weren’t familiar with until a few weeks ago.  Now we know all too well flattening the curve means social distancing, in order to slow the spread of a virus.  We have been asked to change the way we live, work, eat, play, etc.  Almost immediately, our daily routines have been turned upside down and we are all reacting to it differently.  Many are heeding the advice to alter life as we know it.  Others are ignoring the call to urgency or choosing to live in denial.  Some people are struggling with the rapid changes.  No matter how we are responding to this, we are all trying to understand what this will mean in the weeks, months, and years to come. 

Growing our comfort zone while flattening the curve is a unique situation but it can be done.  Many of us are probably already being stretched simply because we are not working outside our homes, we are spending 24/7 with our families, or we are being charged with homeschooling our children.  We don’t have the luxury of going out to dinner, visiting with friends, or taking in a movie or sporting event like we are accustomed to doing.  These are unprecedented times that we will likely not have to navigate again in our lifetime but can help us to grow and learn. 

In order for us to not just get through this challenging time but to thrive we must be open to growing our comfort zones.  I think this could be an opportunity to get used to being comfortable while being uncomfortable.  What is a comfort zone and how do we grow it?  Merriam-Webster defines comfort zone as “the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity”.  It’s a place you feel like you are in control of your surroundings and you are hesitant to make a change.  As we embrace change and try new things we begin to stretch, expand, and grow.  Are you going to need a shove or a nudge for this growth?  It’s true, most people don’t like change.  People tend to be perfectly content keeping with what they know and following status quo.  In order for us to not only get through this challenging time but to thrive we must be open to growing our comfort zones. 

I encourage you to view this time as an opportunity.  An opportunity to focus on your family and yourself.  Embrace the slower pace.  Re-evaluate your routines and seek to try new things or do things differently.  Allow yourself to think outside the box because the way we function over the coming weeks will forever change our lives and the world we live in.  Do your part to flatten the curve and grow your comfort zone!

Written by: Lorrissa Dunfee, OSU Extension Educator, Belmont County, dunfee.54@osu.edu

Reviewed by: Alisha Barton, OSU Extension Educator, Miami County, barton.345@osu.edu


Godoy, M. (2020, March 13). Flattening A Pandemics Curve: Why Staying Home Now Can Save Lives. Retrieved March 23, 2020, from https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/13/815502262/flattening-a-pandemics-curve-why-staying-home-now-can-save-lives

Comfort Zone. (n.d.). Retrieved March 23, 2020, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comfort zone

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According to the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s family life information, our personal journey can be successful with effort. It is not something that happens by accident but requires work and making many daily choices. The information from the website http://www.arfamilies.org highlights seven topics to consider and work on along the path as we strive to complete our journey.
*Let’s start with Enjoy Today! In the daily grind of life do we focus our attention on the obstacles along the path or do we focus on the beauty that is around us? How much more fun is seeing beauty rather than a roadblock?
* The second topic looks at the gems in our past. This area centers not only around finding the gems, but on cherishing those past gems. Remembering the good aspects of your life history rather than the negative or disappointing aspects can help lead us on that positive life journey.
* A third point deals with the future. Being excited about the future and hopeful about what is to come can be difficult. Looking for and expecting to find good things often leads to finding good things. When we are tempted by anxiety and fear, the more hopeful we are, the better the outcome usually is.
*Really examine your strengths and weaknesses. When we use our strengths and manage our weaknesses we challenge ourselves to do the things we love to do.
*Service can certainly lead us on the path to happiness. When our focus is primarily ourselves, our world becomes narrow and limited. When we turn our energy and attention to others the satisfactions of our lives expand.*Growth and continuing to grow is a sure sign of progress in life. Finding new projects, experiences and ideas to fill our life rather than stagnate and get stale is critical to happiness.
*Finally, our compass must accompany us on our journey. This is our conscience. The Arkansas site defines the compass as the compassion, honor and kindness we hear from that little voice in our head.
Taking the time to make these choices helps us create the best possible choices. For some writing is helpful in this process. More information and sample journal pages for use are available at the website http://www.arfamilies.org. Start on your life journey today and expect more happiness to await you.

Source: http://www.arfamilies.org

Author: Elizabeth Smith, Family and Consumer Science Educator, Ohio State University Extension.

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